October 01, 2021
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —
A Charlotte-based manufacturing business is investing $150 million in Catawba County, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.
Corning Optical Communications will create 200 jobs and expand its current operations in Hickory. The average wage for the new jobs will be $55,000, above the Catawba County average of $43,920, Cooper’s announcement said.
Corning will receive about $2 million in state incentives for the expansion in the form of a 12-year, performance-based Job Development Investment Grant. The grant is dependent on the company meeting job creation and investment targets.
Corning Optical has its headquarters in Charlotte and facilities in a number of other N.C. cities, including Newton, Winston-Salem and Concord. The manufacturer is a division of New York-based Corning Inc., which builds glass components for fiber-optic cable and communications equipment.
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